June 01, 2019

Forest Kid and Teen Committees: Summer Reading Lists for 2019

In the past several weeks, selected young readers who'd applied to participate on the third Forest Kid Committee (ages 8-13) and the second Forest Teen Committee (ages 14+) came together at the Ontario Library Association and talked books.  From their discussions, which were interspersed with visits from award-winning Canadian authors and pizza and ice cream, these young people produced three extraordinary lists of recommended titles to keep everyone reading Canadian over the summer.  These are their recommendations for their peers in the Silver Birch, Red Maple and White Pine reading programs of the Forest of Reading. Happy reading! ❤️🇨🇦📚

Silver Birch (Grades 3-6)
The Band of Merry Kids
Written by David Skuy
Written by Arthur Slade
HarperCollins Canada 
Clara Voyant
Written by Rachelle Delaney
Puffin Canada 
Eat This!: How Fast Food Marketing Gets You to Buy Junk (And How to Fight Back)
Written by Andrea Curtis
Illustrated by Peggy Collins
Red Deer Press 
Written by Kenneth Oppel
Illustrated by Sydney Smith
HarperCollins Canada

Jungle Land
Written by Eric Walters
Orca Book Publishers

Stolen Words
Written by Melanie Florence
Illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard
Second Story Press

Megabat (Megabat #1)
Written by Anna Humphrey
Illustrated by Kass Reich

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster
Written by Jonathan Auxier
Puffin Books

Tank & Fizz: The Case of the Tentacle Terror (Tank & Fizz #5)
Written by Liam O’Donnell
Illustrated by Mike Deas
Orca Book Publishers
The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library
Written by Linda Bailey
Illustrated by Victoria Jamieson
Tundra Books

Too Young to Escape: A Vietnamese Girl Waits to be Reunited with Her Family
Written by Van Ho and Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Pajama Press

The Unteachables
Written by Gordon Korman
Scholastic Canada

Written by Gordon Korman
Scholastic Press

Wings of Olympus (Wings of Olympus #1)
Written by Kallie George
Illustrated by Fiona Hsieh
HarperCollins Canada

Red Maple (Grades 7-8)

All That Was
Written by Karen Rivers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Crush (Awkward #3)
Written and illustrated by Svetlana Chmakova
Yen Press

Call of the Wraith (The Blackthorn Key #4)
Written by Kevin Sands

Dragonfly Song
Written by Wendy Orr
Pajama Press

Frostblood (FrostBlood #1)
Written by Elly Blake
Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers

Innocent Heroes: Animals in War and the Battle of Vimy Ridge
Written by Sigmund Brouwer
Tundra Books

Love from A to Z
Written by S.K. Ali
Salaam Reads

The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali
Written by Sabina Khan
Scholastic Press

No Fixed Address
Written by Susin Nielsen
Tundra Books

Written by Philippa Dowding

Payback (Masterminds #3)
Written by Gordon Korman

Those Who Run in the Sky
Written by Aviaq Johnston
Illustrated by Toma Feizo Gas
Inhabit Media

The Rise of Winter (Terra Protectorum #1)
Written by Alex Lyttle
Central Avenue Publishing

Trail of Crumbs
Written by Lisa J. Lawrence
Orca Book Publishers

White Pine (Grades 9+)

The 4 Year Olympian: From First Stroke to Olympic Medallist
Written by Jeremiah Brown
Chicken Girl 
Written by Heather Smith
Penguin Teen
The Caged Queen 
Written by Kristen Ciccarelli

Confessions of a Teenage Leper 
Written by Ashley Little
Penguin Teen

Dark of the West 
Written by Joanna Hathaway
Tor Teen

Field Guide to the North American Teenager 
Written by Ben Philippe
Balzer + Bray

Discovery of Flight
Written by Susan Glickman
Inanna Publications


Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic: A Comedian’s Guide to Life on the Spectrum
Written by Michael McCreary
Annick Press

In the Key of Nira Ghani 
Written by Natasha Deen
Running Press Kids
Jonny Appleseed 
Written by Joshua Whitehead
Arsenal Pulp Press

Learning to Breathe 
Written by Janice Lynn Mather
Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers

Nice Try, Jane Sinner 
Written by Lianne Oelke
Clarion Books

Not Even Bones 
Written by Rebecca Schaeffer
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
These Things I’ve Done 
Written by Rebecca Phillips

Washington Black 
Written by Esi Edugyan


The downloadable lists, which include annotations about each book, can be downloaded from the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading at the following links:

Forest Kid Committee Summer Reading List for Grades 3-8

Forest Teen Committee Summer Reading List for Grades 9+

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